Annenberg Research Seminar: Francois Bar, USC Geoffrey Cowan Forum (Annenberg Room 207), April 7, 2008, 12 p.m.
Join students and faculty for a presentation by Francois Bar, associate professor at USC Annenberg. His topic: "Mobile technology appropriation in a distant mirror: Baroque infiltration, creolization and cannibalism." From Professor Bar: "The presentation builds on work in progress by Bar, Pisani and Weber that explores the appropriation of communication technologies – how users transform communication systems as they adapt them to their needs, and how they transform their practices around the technologies' capabilities. The specific focus of the talk is on mobile phones, but the underlying theoretical framework applies more broadly. We view the appropriation process as a contest for control over technology configuration and we draw theoretical inspiration from the examination of earlier episodes of cultural appropriation. For background on the presentation, click here."